Downey lands grant to improve park

DOWNEY - Downey has been awarded a $400,000 grant to upgrade Treasure Island Park, including the addition of a walking path.The California Natural Resources Agency announced the grant at a press conference Tuesday in Modesto. Downey was one of 31 projects chosen from among 133 applications seeking more than $187 million in funding. Downey plans to add a 2,833-ft. walking trail at Treasure Island Park, along with new signage and native landscaping. The city has already improved lighting at the four-acre park. "This grant is a wonderful opportunity for the city to add recreational features that are a high priority to residents and park users," said Councilman Roger Brossmer, whose district includes the park. Downey was eligible for funding from the Natural Resources Agency's River Parkways program because the park is located along the Rio Hondo River. "This project not only provides public park improvements but also educates the public on the importance of the Rio Hondo Watershed," said Mayor Pro Tem Luis Marquez. The River Parkways program is funded through Prop. 84, the voter-approved Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond ACt of 2006. "Downey continues to pursue grant opportunities to improve the quality of life for residents during these tough economic times, and we are pleased that Treasure Island Park has been chosen for funding as part of the River Parkways program," said Mayor Anne Bayer.

********** Published: September 16, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 22